South African athletes put on a strong showing at the World Masters Championships in Brazil

2013-10-30 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s athletes put on a phenomenal display in the World Masters Championships held in Brazil over the weekend, winning a total of 76 medals to place seventh overall.

The event, which is open to athletes over 30 years of age, ended with the South African team amassing 33 gold medals, 19 silver and 24 bronze.

Five of the gold medals were won by KZN’s 92-year-old Lucas Nel, who took the honours in the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m.

Teams from 57 countries competed in the championships, which saw the U.S. top the medal table with 170 medals ahead of hosts Brazil and Great Britain on 146 and 102 respectively.

• In Portsmouth in UK, South African marathon and 10 000 m exponent Stephen Mokoka placed second behind Emmanuel Bett in Sunday’s Great South Run 10 mile (16 km) race.

Last month’s Berlin Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat was dominant in the women’s race, opening almost three minutes over the competition to take the title in 53:53.

South African Rene Kalmer, now in her final preparation for a marathon in Japan, finished sixth in 58:39.

• The BMW Frankfurt Marathon lived up to expectations as Vincent Kipruto out-kicked fellow Kenyan Mark Kiptoo to win by one second in 2:06:16.

The duo swopped the lead several times in the final half mile before Kipruto edged ahead in the final metres as they sprinted into the atmosphere-filled indoor arena finish to be greeted by cheerleaders, explosions of ticker tape, music and flashing lights.

Flomena Chepchirchir led the women home in 2:23:00.

• This Sunday Lusapho April hopes to becomes the third South African to win the New York Marathon to follow in the strides of Willie Mtolo and Hendrick Ramaala, who won in 1992 and 2004.

The South African lightweight, who set a PB and course record of 2:08:32 in Germany’s Hanover Marathon in May, will have his work cut out against an elite field that includes reigning Olympic and World champion Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich and Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 champion and arguably the most consistent performer of recent years.

On the women’s side, Firehiwot Dado, the 2011 champion, faces the 2010 champion Edna Kiplagat, a two-time world champion, and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo.

The 2012 race was cancelled two days before the race due to hurricane Sandy, and so the 2013 field is expected to be bigger than any previous one.

• The uMgungundlovu District Municipality Mayor Yusuf Bamjee will also be in New York as part of the Mandela Marathon delegation, who will exhibit at the race expo with a view to bringing international runners to the event that runs from Edendale to the Mandela Capture site each August. The Mandela Marathon is the front cover of the Distance Running magazine distributed to over 400 000 runners for the next three months.

• Sibonela Duma won the 82nd running of the Duke of York 16 km in probably the slowest time in the history of the race due to the tough nature of the course. Duma, who also won the 2010 and 2012 editions, opened a considerable gap on Nhlanhla Tshababa to take the honours in 55:48, over three minutes clear of the Maxed Elite runner.

Helen Buley produced the best performance amongst the women, taking one hour 15 minutes and 30 seconds to earn victory over Natal Carbineers’ Nonsekelo Mbambo and Xoli Madida.

• Comrades Marathon Association hold their AGM at the Comrades House tonight at 6.30 pm. There is expected to be a good turn-out of members who will also elect the nine new board members from the list of 12 nominations.

Comrades are expected to acknowledge the role of historian and past race organiser Morris Alexander, who died last week at the age of 94. Alexander was instrumental in resurrecting the race after the war years and is best known for his definitive history of the Comrades, which was first published in 1960.

• The cancellation of the Soweto Marathon has left a hole in most provincial calendars with the only local race this weekend the Jeremia Ngwenya Tribute 10 km from Edgewood College. The race around the Pinetown suburbs is in its second year and starts from the college grounds at 6 am.

Jabulani Mhlungu has more details of the relatively flat and fast event on 073 846 1347.

• Men of all ages, shapes and sizes are being challenged to take on the DAREdevil run in aid of Cansa on November 8. Under the slogan “more balls than most”, men are being tasked with running a four-kilometre distance in nothing more than a red speedo and a pair of shoes as an awareness of men’s cancer.

Find details and registration information on www.daredevilrun.com. The entry fee of R100 includes a red speedo.

RESULTS

Duke of York 16km

Men: 1.Sibonelo Duma Boxer A C55:48

2.Nhlanhla Tshababa Maxed Elite 58:57

3.Philani Ngcobo Coll Harr5 9:04

Women: 1.Helen Buley Ind 75:30

2.Nonsekelo Mbambo Natal Carb 79:29

3.Xoli Madida Natal Carb 81:28

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